PREP AND COLLEGE ROUNDUP: Maroon Knights Make Statement

CLARKSBURG — A 25-8 third quarter was the difference on Saturday as Wheeling Central raced by Notre Dame, 74-55.

J.C. Maxwell paved the way for the Maroon Knights (14-4) with 21 points. Clayton Abate and Ryan Reasbeck each tallied 14 and Anthony Robbins cashed in with 12 points.

Gabe Zummo led Notre Dame (16-3) with 21 points.

Oak Glen 57

North Marion 52

NEW CUMBERLAND — Ethan Travis tallied a steal, drew a foul as he went in for a layup and converted on the conventional three-point play to break a tie with under a minute to go as Oak Glen defeated North Marion.

Travis also supplied a double-double for the Golden Bears (15-3) with 22 points and 18 rebounds. Zach Taylor and Sean Smith had 13 and 12 points, respectively.

Madonna 56, Magnolia 46

WEIRTON — Lucky Pulice tallied a game-high 24 points as Madonna (5-14) defeated Magnolia.

Jake Gamble led the way for the Blue Eagles (5-11) with 17 points.

East Fairmont 69, Weir 55

FAIRMONT — The Red Riders (13-6) had three players reach double-digits in a loss to East Fairmont, led by Elijah Gillette’s 16 points. Luka Haught finished with 15, while Reed Reitter netted 10.

WVHIT Championship

(at Robert C. Byrd)

Meadow Bridge 61

Paden City 52

MEADOW BRIDGE — Kobe Rozell went off for 33 points to lead Meadow Bridge over Paden City for the West Virginia HIT Championship.

Trey Slider paced the Wildcats (5-13) with 18 points and Matt Saxon tallied 12.

GIRLS

Paden City 52

Union Grant 17

POINT PLEASANT — Hannah Loy and Abbe Stackpole netted 20 and 12 points, respectively, as Paden City upended Union Grant.

Loy also contributed eight rebounds and seven assists for the Wildcats (6-13).

WRESTLING

Wheeling Park Wins

Region One Title

MORGANTOWN — Wheeling Park was a perfect 13-for-13 as all its wrestlers qualified to the state tournament t en route to a Class AAA Region One Title.

Six Patriots claimed individual titles including Nathan Shelek (113), Stevie Mitchell (138), Andrew Shelek (145), Billy Gooch (152), Jermain Snodgrass (195) and Dylan Wood (220).

Cody Taggart (106), Maison Richardson (120), Jeremiah Timberlake (170) and Charles Tamburin secured silver while Canon Welker (132) got third and Hunter Nixon (160) placed fourth.

John Marshall also had success as it qualified 10 wrestlers to the state tournament.

Carl Cochran (106), Jacob Berisford (170), Anthony Carman (182) and Brady Williams (285) all secured first place for the Monarchs.

Gabe Carman (113), Austin Love (132) and Bradlee Clark (220) all placed second while Ethan Gray (120) and Dakota Thatcher (138) got third.

Ben McCardle (152) rounded out the John Marshall qualifiers with fourth.

Four Local Wrestlers Win at Panther Classic

RAYLAND — Four local wrestlers took the top spot at the Panther Classic and Barnesville walked away victorious.

The winners include Bellaire’s Joseph Bonfini (120), Buckeye Local’s Brian Palmer Jr. (132), Bridgeport’s Santino Kusic (170) and Harrison Central’s Cody Gamble (285).

COLLEGE

MEN

No. 5 West Liberty 110 Concord 106

ATHENS, W.Va. — The No. 5-ranked West Liberty University men’s basketball team won its 12th straight, fending off a late rally by a hot-shooting Concord squad in a shootout at the Carter Center.

The win completed a season sweep for Coach Ben Howlett’s high-powered Hilltoppers (19-2, 15-1), who had outlasted the Mountain Lions (14-8, 9-7) in a double-overtime thriller last month at the ASRC.

Dalton Bolon, the reigning MEC Player of the Week, led West Liberty with 24 points Yahel Hill was a perfect 5-for-5 from the 3-point arc and finished with 21 points. Will Yoakum added 19 tallies while Brady Arnold added 10 points off the bench.

Wheeling Jesuit 79

UVa-Wise 72

WISE, Va. — The Wheeling Jesuit University men’s basketball team won its third game in a row with a 79-72 win at UVa-Wise Saturday evening inside the Prior Center.

Freshman guard Steve Cannady led four Cardinal (5-17, 4-12 MEC) players in double figures with 20 points on 7 of 15 (46 percent) shooting from the field. Freshman forward Tariq Woody registered his third double-double of the season with 14 points and 10 rebounds.

Freshman guard Franck Kamgain added 19 points and senior guard Miguel Rodriguez chipped in 12 points.

WOMEN

West Liberty 84

Concord 69

ATHENS, W.Va. — The West Liberty University women’s basketball team moved into a tie for third place in the Mountain East Conference with a convincing road win at Concord.

It was the sixth straight win for Coach Kyle Cooper’s Hilltoppers (15-7, 12-4), who took control at the end of the first half and maintained a double-digit lead the rest of the way.

Taylor Johnson had a game-high 24 points to go along with six rebounds and four assists for the Hilltoppers, who also got 18 points, 14 rebounds and four blocks from reigning MEC Player of the Week Marissa Brown.

Morgan Brunner finished with 14 points, including four 3-point bombs.

UVa-Wise 65

Wheeling Jesuit 59

WISE, Va. — The Wheeling Jesuit University women’s basketball team went up by as many as 15 points, but were ultimately defeated by UVa-Wise 65-59 at the David J. Prior Convocation Center.

Junior guard Taliah Cashwell shot 4 of 5 from long distance on her way to a team-high 14 points.

Fellow junior guard Khira Burton also posted 14 points, while freshman forward Peyton McCord added 10 points to round out the double-digit scorers for the Cardinals (3-19, 1-15 MEC).

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